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Lillian Marie Bounds Disney (February 15, 1899December 16, 1997) was the widow of Walt Disney. She was married to him from 1925 until his death in 1966. She was married to John L. Truyens from 1969 until his death in 1981.

Early years

Lillian was born in Spalding, Idahomarker. She grew up in Lapwai, Idahomarker, on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation where her father worked as a blacksmith and federal marshal. She had short brown hair, a slender body, and was thought to be very attractive. Lillian was working at the Disney Studio in "ink and paint" and secretary when she met Walt. She took deep pride that Walt would drive the other girls home before her, even though her stop was the closest.

Marriage

Lillian and Walt Disney married in 1925 in Idaho at Lewiston's Episcopal Church of the Nativity, however, Walt's parents could not attend. Since Lillian's father was deceased, her uncle who was chief of the Lewiston Fire Department gave the bride away. She wore a dress which she had made herself. Her cousin recalled that she giggled nervously throughout the service. She and Walt had two daughters, Diane Marie Disney and Sharon Mae Disney, the latter of whom was adopted. Lillian had seven grandchildren -- Chris Miller, Joanna Miller, Tamara Scheer, Jennifer Miller-Goff, Walter Elias Disney Miller, Ronald Miller and Patrick Miller -- from her daughter Diane and son-in-law Ronald Miller, and three grandchildren -- Victoria Brown, Brad Lund and Michelle Lund -- from her daughter Sharon. Lillian is the aunt-in-law of Roy Edward Disney.

Her filmography includes work as an ink artist on the film Plane Crazy. Lillian is credited with having named her husband's most famous character, Mickey Mouse, during a train trip from New York to California in 1928. Walt showed a drawing of the cartoon mouse to his wife and told her that he was going to name it "Mortimer Mouse." Lillian replied that the name sounded "too pompous" and she was very proud to have suggested the name "Mickey Mouse" instead of Mortimer.

Life after Walt

In 1987, Lillian Disney pledged a $50 million gift towards the construction of a new concert hall. After many delays, the Walt Disney Concert Hallmarker opened in 2003, six years after her death.

In the 1990s, reflecting on her 41-year marriage to Walt Disney, she said, "We shared a wonderful, exciting life, and we loved every minute of it. He was a wonderful husband to me, and wonderful and joyful father and grandfather."

Lillian Disney suffered a stroke on December 15, 1997, exactly 31 years after the death of Walt Disney. She died the following morning at her home, aged 98.

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